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Available Facilities

GMT offers a large panel of wind tunnels, for aerodynamic and acoustic test, covering very low Mach number to hypersonic Mach numbers.

Wind tunnels are located in 3 different areas in France: Modane-Avrieux, Le Fauga-Mauzac (near Toulouse) and Saclay (close to Paris).

  • 5 continuous wind tunnel covering Low speed (few m/s) up to Mach 3.1,
  • 3 blow-down wind tunnels covering Mach 0.1 up to Mach 21,
  • 4 additional wind tunnels for specific applications.

 

Continuous Wind Tunnels

Facility
Location
Type
Power
Test section
Area or LxH  
Speed
Mach number
Reynolds
number
(in Millions)
based on 0.1√S 
F1
Fauga
 Continuous
pressurized
subsonic
9.5 MW
 4 model-carts
4.5x3.5 m2
 ≤ 123 m/s
     (M ≤ 0.36)
 8
F2
Fauga
 Continuous
atmospheric
subsonic
0.75 MW
 1.4x1.8 m2  ≤ 100 m/s  1.1
CEPRA19
Saclay 
 Continuous
atmospheric
aeroacoustic
7 MW 
 Open jet Ø 2 m  ≤ 130 m/s  1.3
 Open jet Ø 3 m  ≤ 60 m/s  0.8
 S1MA
Modane   
 Continuous
atmospheric
sub/transonic
88 MW   
 Cart #1: 40/42.6 m2
slotted walls
 M < 1  7.3 / 7.5
 Cart #2: 45 m2
solid walls
 M < 1  7.7
 Cart #3: 45.4/47 m2
solid walls
 M < 1  7.7 / 7.9

 S2MA
Modane 

 Continuous
pressurized
sub/trans/
supersonic
55 MW 
 Transonic
1.75x 1.77 m2
 0.2<M ≤ 1.5  5.3
 Supersonic
1.75 x 1.93 m2
1.5 ≤ M ≤ 3.1 4.0

Blow-down Wind Tunnels

Facility
Location
Type
Power
Test section
Area or LxH  
Speed
Mach number
Reynolds
number
(in Millions)
based on 0.1√S 
S3MA
Modane
 
 Blow-down
pressurized
sub/trans/
supersonic
 
Transonic
0.56 x 0.78 m²
0.1 ≤ M ≤ 1.3 3.5
Supersonic
0.76 x 0.80 m²
1.65 ≤ M ≤ 6.05 3.2
S4MA
Modane
  
Blow-down
hypersonic
  
 Ø 1,27 m M = 6 1.7
Ø 1 m M = 10 0.9
F4
Fauga 
Arc heated
high-enthalpy
hypersonic
2.5 - 17 MJ/kg
 Nozzle 1: Ø 670 mm 8 < M < 17 2
Nozzle 2: Ø 670 mm 7 < M < 13 3
Nozzle 3: Ø 430 mm 6 < M < 11 5
Nozzle 4: Ø 930 mm 9 < M < 21 1

Other aerodynamic facilities

Facility
Location
Type
Power
Test section
Area or LxH  
Speed
Mach number
S4B
Modane
Model engine
calibration facility
(vacuum tank)
Test rigs for 4" to 10.65"
Turbine Power Simulators and nozzles
 N/A
BD2
Modane
  
Test bench for
nozzles / afterbodies
with heated core
and secondary flow
  
Mass-flow:20 kg/s
Pressure: 12 bar
Temperature: 1150 K
N/A
R4-1
Modane 
Blowdown facility Diameter 600 mm M < 1.0
TURMA
Modane

Test rig with two stage turbine, co or contrarotating

Mass-flow:  11 kg/s
Pressure:  4 bar
Temperature:450K
Power: HP 2MW ; BP 0.75MW
N/A